As of now, my expansion into more stores is only limited by how rapidly I can complete some more rewrites/new cover assignments. The more I do with my books, the more things spring forward that need to be done. Getting a story articulated in a way that will make readers understand why they should pick it up is hard, but I'm getting better at it.
As I examined A Year with the Harrisons, I realized it had been a variation on Little Women all along. I started the book years before I began doing my other "retellings," and so I didn't spot that it was a retelling at first. But as time went on, the characters began to look familiar--Meg, Jo, Amy, Laurie, Mr. Laurence, Aunt March, Marmee and Mr. March. I really did leave out Beth. The story started with 3 sisters and though I sometimes considered adding a fourth, it just never really happened. So there are still just 3. Aunt March (Brenda) also gets a lot more screentime than in the book and I enlarged on her immediate family as well as her relationship to the "Marches" (the Harrison family.)
The Birthday Present is now a small prequel to The Prince's Ball and helps to set up its futuristic world. After using Alyce-type characters several times in a historical sort of setting, this story needs a fresh new look and futuristic should shake it up in the right way.
Pricing now ranges from $2.99 to permafree. One GREAT thing about getting in more stores is that Amazon can be forced to make a book permafree to compete. A Year with the Harrisons and Bellevere House will be permafree, but I need to do small tweaks to both beforehand. Facets of Fantasy will be taken off permafree. I considered and felt this was best.
And there will be more updates.
Life is about making adjustments to new things. When people stop learning, they die. And I'm learning more and more as the years go on. "The best teacher, failure is," Grand Master Yoda says in Star Wars, and after my fair share of failures (of course, I think it was a little more than a fair share) I'm trying to understand readers a little more. I've always had a story--but it's important to communicate that story to people who might not be expecting to listen to it.
The Birthday Present has a new cover and is now at $.99 on Amazon if you want to read the teaser for The Prince's Ball. So fun--going to love working with Amethyst, her gang of friends, a trio of weird brothers from a super-snobby elevated class, and the creepy boy who has a very serious crush on Amethyst.
3 of my books (Facets of Fantasy; City of the Invaders; and Consuela are now available on a great variety of stores besides Amazon. B&N, Kobo, Tolino, many more. Facets is set to permafree so be sure to check it out. I'm going to put up a complete list of stores with a link to them all soon.
Life is so funnnnnn.
Stories aren’t static. They meet the needs of readers. I used to think a story (Little Women, for instance) was set in stone. It was what it was, with an unchanging cast of characters. But actually, stories are fluid, even old classics—let alone something new. As people come and go, losing or gaining interest in areas of the book, it changes. It metamorphoses. Suddenly bland characters are striking, “flawed” characters are seen as just evil, minor characters turn out to be the most loved of all, and good characters seem to have questionable morals. All because new people are reading the story now and they’re shedding some light on situations that might not have been noticed at first.
Oftentimes, they are seeing something that was always there—it was just the original audience didn’t quite see if a character was hiding something or if another character had potential. But as time goes on, people become more and more observant and can come up with some surprising things.
Anyway, here is a list of my books as they currently stand in popularity on the website. Since it’s been so much time after writing most of them, I’ve certainly seen some things I didn’t notice at first. Reader interaction on the website has helped me immensely as well.
This list isn’t a breakdown of the value of each book—only of the website visitor population. And there will be more updates.
Wow, it’s been an amazing 8 months since I settled down on this blog. I’ve spoken many times about redoing my books and in the last post I hinted I’m zoning in on learning about how they are viewed. One of the reasons I’ve complained about reviews in the past is that 90% of the time the reviews didn’t give me any helpful information. It’s hard for people to articulate how a book is viewed.
In any case, I’ve examined it from every angle and more and more I’ve built an image of where my books are going. Since I have more books coming in the future, it’s good to have a detailed idea of where the already published books lie—with what readers and in what degree. Each time I’ve done a new cover, I felt it couldn’t get on the website fast enough. If reviews sometimes gave me no information, the way my books appeared sometimes didn’t give the right information to readers either.
And there will be more updates.
7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.